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No paintbrush? No problem. Meet an awe-inspiring spin artist

Abstract artist Callen Schaub put down his paintbrush and picked up his...bicycle? The results of his homemade techniques defy gravity.

Abstract artist Callen Schaub put down his paintbrush and picked up his...bicycle?

Toronto-based artist Callen Schaub invites us into his studio to see how he uses swinging troughs, paint can pendulums, and bicycle parts to create his signature abstract paintings. 4:39

Toronto-based artist Callen Schaub's paintings seem to defy gravity. Colours burst from the centre of the image, and paint drips down every edge of the canvas. If you look at them and ask yourself how these explosions of acrylic paint could have been made, you wouldn't be alone. Luckily for us, Schaub isn't shy about his techniques, which are stunning performances in themselves.

Schaub's practice draws from a rich history of artists using spinning and dripping techniques — from Damien Hirst to Jackson Pollock. But Callen has invented his own homemade devices that include swinging troughs, paint can pendulums and bicycle parts that help him create his signature works.

In this video, Callen takes you inside his paint-splattered studio for a look at how he makes his dazzling works of art.

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About the Author

Mercedes Grundy

Mercedes Grundy has been producing videos for CBC Arts and Exhibitionists since 2015. She is a unabashed Leonardo DiCaprio enthusiast with an educational background in photography, and produces film and theatre when not busy here at the CBC. And while her love for the arts does not discriminate, she openly acknowledges she is a horrible dancer.

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